Movement disorders are an assorted group of nervous system disorders that result in abnormal limb movements such as tremor, chorea and dystonia or limitations of movement, specifically spasticity and rigidity. Abnormal gait is also a frequent feature of people who have movement disorders.
Physicians practicing at Mission's Neurosciences Institute provide treatment for Parkinson's disease, essential tremor and spasticity (resulting from traumatic brain or spinal cord injury or cerebral palsy). Though most commonly treated through medications, patients with movement disorders are now being offered surgical options. Rehabilitation services also prove useful for many people.
Neurologists, who generally oversee the care of patients with movement disorders, can evaluate the person's condition and work with a neurosurgeon to determine which surgical interventions may be appropriate. Deep Brain Stimulation is an available treatment for patients with movement disorders.
The neurosciences professionals at Mission will work with patients and neurosurgeons at other medical centers to coordinate care between these hospitals and Mission.